As I type, surgery is being performed on our three year old Buckeye hen, Carmel. While taking pictures for the molting photo contest, blood was noticed on her neck. We found the cut in her troat skin as pictured below and are now sowing it shut wuth a needle and regular thread. We have two stiches in so far. Before that we pulled out the feathers directly around the wound and put peroxide on it with a cotton ball. She is holding pretty still for us. We have never had to do this before, and are hoping it turns out ok. It seems to be a new wound and were thinking maybe a hawk got it? She was acting normally outside. I think we caught it early enough to prevent infection. I will post more pictures of the surgery progress later.